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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29): 05/29/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

I'l be participating in Armchair BEA this coming week, so I've been busy writing articles.

I'm also still working on my redesign. I'm done cleaning up 2017 through 2013. I'm making bigger images for every review, post, and article. I'm also removing defunct links, redundant code, and other irrelevant stuff. Once all that is done, phase two will be making a mobile version.

What I read last week:

Storm by Amanda Sun
Personal Collection; ebook
The third in the Paper Gods series.
Real Friends
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Personal collection
Shannon Hales graphic memoir about elementary school.
American Road Narratives
American Road Narratives: Reimagining Mobility in Literature and Film by Ann Brigham
Showing Off
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and, Emily Jenkins
Personal collection
Third of the Upside-Down Magic series
Sabotage at Willow Woods
Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
Nancy and friends stop some campaign tampering
The Amazing Crafty Cat
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
Personal collection
Graphic novel

What I'm reading:

The Book Stops Here
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
Personal collection
The eighth of the Bibliophile Mystery series
Dragon's Green
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
Personal collection
First of the Worldquake Sequence
Big Mushy Happy Lump
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Personal collection
The second Sarah Scribbles book

Up Next:

The Long Cosmos
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Personal collectionn
Us Conductors
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Personal collection
Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy by Shanti Sekaran

Last Week's Posts

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Comment #1: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 00:50:50

Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

So many super cute books on this list. You have made me want to read Nancy Drew :)

Comment #2: Monday, May 29 at 10:57:00


I'm really enjoying the newest Nancy Drew series. I have another one of them on hold at the library.

Comment #3: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 01:25:33


Great looking books and especially that cozy mystery. Hope its entertaining.

Comment #4: Monday, May 29 at 11:00:00


I am enjoying The Book Stops Here and I'm planning on spending some of today reading it.

Comment #5: Monday, May, 29, 2017 at 04:21:34


I love the cover for Dragon's Green. You've got a lot of books here, and I hope you enjoy them.

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

Comment #6: Monday, May 29 at 11:16:00


Dragon's Green so far is an excellent middle grade fantasy. The British edition glows in the dark.

Comment #7: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 08:54:35

Laura @ Library of Clean Reads

Yes, even blogs need a good cleaning and makeover once in a while. I need to do some updating too. Lucky Boy caught my eye. Enjoy your reading week!

Comment #8: Monday, May 29 at 11:39:00


For my blog, it seems to need a spring cleaning every couple of years. Some of the code though I got really lazy with and it's been way too long. This will be the best it's looked in years once I'm done.

Lucky Boy I need to get to soon because there is a line of people who have it on hold after me. I won't get a chance to renew it.

Comment #9: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 09:43:32

Laurel-Rain Snow

You have a busy week ahead. All of those blog changes are tedious...I've done some of them on my blogs.

I am looking forward to reading California.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Comment #10: Monday, May 29 at 11:45:00


I work on the blog at night when my husband's watching TV. It would get tedious if I tried to do it all at once. But working through a month or two each night isn't so bad.

Comment #11: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 09:55:19

Geybie's Book Blog

Hope everything goes smoothly as you expected them. Wow, you read lots of books last week. I hope you're enjoying the ones you're currently reading. Have a wonderful week. :)

Comment #12: Monday, May 29 at 11:45:00


Short books make for a long list of completed books at the end of the week. The two long ones were Storm and American Road Narratives.

Comment #13: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:21:48

Kathy Martin

I read the first book by Amanda Sun but haven't had a chance to carry on with the series. I'm adding it to my list. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #14: Monday, May 29 at 11:55:00


I read Ink and Rain almost back to back and then completely forgot to get Storm until earlier this year. I remembered about the series when I was going through my archives as I was updating the images.

Comment #15: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 16:33:17


I'm doing Armchair Book Expo this week too. I've written the first two days' posts. Check out what I've read, am reading, and will read this month.

Comment #16: Monday, May 29 at 07:19:00


I have my introductory and best practices written.

Comment #17: Monday, May, 29, 2017 at 17:03:51


American Road Narratives and Real Friends have tickled my interest.

Comment #18: Monday, May 29 at 07:21:00


Both were good and both will be reviewed on this blog.

Comment #19: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 17:16:58


Looks like a really fantastic week! Hope you have another one! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

Comment #20: Monday, May 29 at 07:24:00


Thanks. Same to you.

Comment #21: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 18:20:07


Good luck with the redesign - can't wait to see it, and enjoy Armchair BEA. Sam @ WLABB

Comment #22: Monday, May 29 at 14:11:00


On these pages you're already seeing it. I'm just making sure my older pages also have the cleaned up code and larger feature images.

Comment #23: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 20:12:05

Susie | Novel Visits

I've been unsure how Armchair BEA works, so will probably just take a look and comment on what others are doing. It does sound fun though.

I admire all the hard work you're doing on your blog. I'm trying to workout a new format for my reviews and that's work enough for me!

Comment #24: Monday, May 29 at 14:15:00


Armchair BEA works a lot like any of the weekly memes. There's a link up page where we can then go visit other blogs that have posted on an assigned topic. For Twitter users there's also some scheduled chat events. They've included some Instagram prompts this year too; I'm not sure if I'll be doing anything there.

Finding a good review format and workflow takes some trial and error.

Comment #25: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 22:44:30


Love that cover for Dragons Green! Big Mushy Happy Lump and Storm look good also.

Comment #26: Monday, May 29 at 14:23:00


Dragon's Green is marvelous and complex like all her books. It would take too long to explain the ins and outs of it. It's sort of like a British take on A Series of Unfortunate Events, set in a post-Internet world.

Storm is good too but you should read Ink and Rain first.

Comment #27: Monday, May 29, 2017 at 23:18:00


Real Friends looks good. I've put it on my TBR list. I loved Big Mushy Happy Lump!

Comment #28: Monday, May 29 at 14:28:00


Real Friends is good but a heartbreaking in parts. I finished Big Mush Happy Lump last night.

Comment #29: Tuesday, May, 30, 2017 at 01:27:05


Personally with the Nancy Drew books I loved the original series (still have a box full of the yellow-spined hardcovers plus one or two of the even earlier cover style), and absolutely couldn't stand the newer series. The more modern take just didn't work for me.

Comment #30:


For the original Nancy Drew series, I prefer the 1930s editions, rather than the rewrites that began in 1959. I wrote a comparison of both versions with The Secret of he Old Clock. That said, I am enjoying the new series because Nancy's friends get more to do beyond being people for her to rescue. They are also shorter which makes them good reading material for nights when I can't sleep.

Comment #31: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 06:30:19


I loved Nancy Drew when I was growing up! Kate Carlisle is becoming a new favorite of mine also.

Thanks for stopping by!

Comment #32: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 14:58:00


The Bibliophile Mysteries are hit or miss for me. The Book Stops Here though is really good so far.

Comment #33: Tuesday, May, 30, 2017 at 07:07:41

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

What a task you have undertaken! Wow! Good luck.

Comment #34: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 15:05:00


The task keeps me busy at night and the finished pages are so much nicer inside and out. It's worth the effort.

Comment #35: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:10:16


Looks like a great mix of books you got there to read and read last week. I want to read Big Mushy Happy Lump, I loved her first book and will hopefully be picking up this one soon. Have a great week!

Comment #36: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 15:07:00


Big Mushy Happy Lump was fun. I finished it last night.

Comment #37: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:12:58

Susan @ The Book Bag

What fun looking books! I love the cover of Big Mushy Happy Lump, I'll have to check that one out. Good luck with the redesign. How exciting! Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

Comment #38: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 15:11:00


I'm about a third done with the code clean up, feature image design part of the redesign. I'm working my way backwards, so all the newest and most traveled pages are already done.

Comment #39: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 11:08:54


Lots of really interesting books. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

Comment #40: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 16:17:00


Thanks. Same to you.

Comment #41: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 14:35:44


I want to read the Kate Carlisle series. It looks good. Have fun with Armchair BEA!

Comment #42: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 16:20:00


You can read my reviews of the early books in the series here.

Comment #43: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 18:42:59


Interesting. I hadn't realized there was a rewrite of the Nancy Drew series. Learn something new every day!

Comment #44: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 16:22:00


I hadn't either until the library happened to have both versions on hand.

Comment #45: Wednesday, May, 31, 2017 at 17:31:56


Showing Off looks cute and The Book Stops Here looks like a good cozy. Someday soon I plan to read Prachett. (I envy you clean up your blog. Maybe I can do that when I retire. ha ha) Happy Reading!

Comment #46: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 22:11:00


Showing Off is cute. I'll be reviewing it in a couple weeks. The Book Stops Here is good but things keep getting in the way of me reading it. I work on the blog clean up at night when my husband is watching TV.

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